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Common courtesy

Dear editor:

I just finished reading Bill Weidmann's intelligent and thoughtful letter of May 15, "Failed Leadership."

I agree with his letter and would like to make a few comments of my own.

As I understand it, between 25 and 50 percent of the U.S. population is asymptomatic. Those people could have the COVID-19 virus but are not showing symptoms. They feel normal. My wife and I are in that category.

I shop at Kroger and Walmart and many other public places. I always wear a mask, but I notice that most people don't. Twenty-five to 50% of those people could be asymptomatic. Theoretically, they could be spreading the virus and not know it. And testing is only good for the moment; if you test negative today, you could test positive tomorrow. To quote Dr. Anthony Fauci, "I don't think there's any question that someone who is without symptoms and carrying the virus can transmit the virus to somebody else." Also, the CDC "recommends wearing cloth face masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain."

My wife and I have a son who has lived in Tokyo for about 12 years. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was a very common sight to see people walking around wearing masks. I thought they didn't want to catch a cold, but my son said no, they don't want anyone to catch their cold. They did it as a common courtesy.

So, in closing, let me ask this question, why isn't everyone wear a mask? Not for yourself, but for everyone else. You know, common courtesy.

P.S.: Concerning Trump's claim that he inherited empty warehouses that contained needed supplies to fight this terrible virus. Donald, when did you first discover the warehouses were empty? Quit your crying, pick up the phone and order the supplies. Do you think you could do that, because you had over three years to do just that.

Dick Mattson

Hot Springs

Editorial on 05/20/2020

Print Headline: Wednesday's Letter to the editor

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